The celebration of “Discovery Day” in 1892 was a day in which the Americans came to-gether to celebrate the “ precious boon of constitutional liberty” that Christopher Columbus hadblessed them with, as Cardinal James Gibbons stated. The Americans during that time periodviewed “Discovery Day” as the basis of the creation of what was then the American dream.There was a sense of pride amongst the Americans, because their great and prosperous countryhad been discovered by a man that was inspired by his “lofty ambition of carrying the light of theGospel to a people that were buried in the darkness of idolatry”The celebration of “Columbus Day” 1992, was a day to look back on our nations past,and see the dramatic and historical events that had occurred since. There was a feeling of re-morse, embarrassment, and obligation to re-build history. Americans held themselves responsiblefor the “destruction of the native peoples of the Americas” and recognized that they were thecause of the “most massive act of genocide in the history of the world” as David E. Stannard
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